Lucia Micallef


Lucia Micallef was born in Malta and studied the piano with Giovanna Bascetta. From a very early age Lucia performed as a soloist and also regularly played with the Johann Strauss School of Music orchestra conducted by Austrian conductor Alexander Maschat. She went on to win a scholarship awarded by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Lois Phillips. She later worked with Alexander Kelly, Ruth Harte and Hamish Milne and also attended several masterclasses including the Corso di Perfezionamento at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Rudolf Buchbinder.

Lucia has performed in Malta, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and North America. She has played at numerous festivals including the Prague Easter Festival, the Edinburgh Festival and the International Spring Orchestra Festival in Malta. Lucia has represented her country on various occasions. She performed for all the assembled Heads of State at the Crans Montana Forum and played for the inauguration of the opening of the Malta High Commission in London. She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Virtuosi of London under the direction of Anthony Goodchild, the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Nicholas Cleobury and the European Union Chamber Orchestra with conductor Brian Schembri. She is also recognised as an accompanist and chamber music player and has worked with many distinguished artists among them Stefan Popov, Nicola Loud, Pauline Lowbury, Daniel Hope and Vladimir Ovchinnikov.

In 2011 she made a recording of The Love Songs of Paolo Tosti with soprano Gillian Zammit which was released by Claudio Records.

Lucia has also given many broadcasts on television and radio both in Malta and abroad. Broadcasts include TVM (Malta), BBC (UK), Mezzo (France) and CBC (Canada).

Apart from her work as a soloist and chamber music player, Lucia has been artistic director of several festivals and other cultural activities. As cultural consultant to the Manoel Theatre, she founded the Malta Baroque Festival and the Music and More concert series. In the year 2000 she instigated and co-ordinated a year-long festival focusing on the arts of the twentieth century which highlighted music, painting and architecture. She was also artistic director of a violin and piano concert series showcasing the works of British composers and organised two other festivals, Celebrating Handel and Celebrating Britten. Lucia is currently one of the artistic directors of the Three Palaces Festival, featuring leading musicians from around the world. This is held at the Presidential Palaces under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Malta.